On a short weekend visit to Tagaytay, looking for Filipino food but trying to avoid chains we decided to try Antonio's Grill.
The first thing to note is that the map of its location on their own website is seriously inaccurate! The map shows the restaurant as being adjacent to the Tagaytay rotunda, well to the east of Lourdes church. In fact it is about 2km west of the rotunda and over 1km west of Lourdes church.
But once we had got past that, on a Friday night at about 8pm there were only about 10 diners in the place so we had no problems with "first come, first served"! Unfortunately, despite the fact that there was basically 1 waiter for every 2 diners, it was rather hard to get their attention, and even when we did it took a very long time for drinks to arrive, for example.
For a light dinner, we shared a water spinach salad with prawns/shrimps, a plate of grilled liempo (pork, which to me seemed somewhat short of the advertised 350g), and a plate of stuffed, grilled pusit (squid).
I guess as is the theme of the place, the food is rather straightforward; the dressing on the salad was a very simple and tart vinegar; basically raw onions featured strong in the stuffing of the squid. Given what they are aiming for it's hard to go wrong, but of course, for example, the pork was much like pork you would grill on your own barbecue.
So in order to justify the above average price, Antonio's needs a decent level of service, and that's what let it down, for our visit at least. I certainly wouldn't recommend going out of your way to visit.
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